Happy Easter – a few bits

(photo 33rd Norwich Cub Scouts – Dragon biscuits)

So it has been a little while since I last blogged, sorry about that. – I am going to make a resolution to do this more and maybe ask some members of my team to also contribute.

I always think Easter is probably a better time to make resolutions than New Year, after all traditionally Easter has been associated with new starts and new life.

Also nature is somewhat more behind you, with lighter evenings and warmer, drier days – he says looking out of the window at a rather damp Good Friday.


Sorry that we have not been in touch too often, since Compass has been offline we have struggled a bit to keep in touch with those of you out in Districts supporting the development of Youth Programme.

Luckily we now have an interim solution in place, thank you to Tim Rowe for collating our new Youth Programme directory, this is what I have used to email out this message. The directory includes District Commissioners, ADCs and District Scouters, please can I ask that you forward messages send through this channel to the front line volunteers you support.

If someone needs to be added please get in touch with Tim

Go Go Dragons

The Dragon Challenge launched in March and we have already seen pictures on social media of young people getting stuck in.

I was sad to hear that some people had not heard about the challenge and sorry about that, I would have liked to sent everyone personally information about it but I can’t do that at the moment.

All is not lost, the challenge is very flexible and there is still time to catch up, take a look at the special Dragon website.

The badges have arrived and Jane Warden is busy dispatching them, thank you Jane!

Youth Programme Team

Since my last blog I have advertised a number of roles in my team, I am pleased to say we have had several nominations and I am currently meeting with candidates to make sure the right appointments are made.

Thank you for your patience during this process and thank you particularly to those who nominated.

Cub Centenary

On a less positive note, the response to my message about the Cub Centenary has been poor. A big thank you to the 3 or 4 people who contacted Beryl Watts with ideas or offers of support.

I remain as the Big Bad Wolf on this topic, it is not the role of me or my team to organise events or activities like this. In future County events will be delivered by focused groups of volunteers.

If there are going to be large scale activities to celebrate Cub Scouting next year, Cub Scouters and others will need to contribute to making them happen.

I am really interested to hear in the views of Cub Scouters about the centenary – Are we barking up the wrong tree? Do you feel you would prefer to celebrate in your packs? Are you doing something already?

Please contact me, I would love to hear from you.

Have a great break

I hope you enjoy the Easter break and use it as a chance to recharge your batteries. I look forward to seeing more or you during 2015 and I promise I will keep my blog up!!

Happy Easter


Deputy County Commissioner, Youth Programme and Development


Carole from North East Norfolk and Mike from South West Norfolk have already been in touch to say that they are holding District Cub Camps next year. What about the the rest? MB